April 17, 2019 12:05 AM NPT
It took 182 years to build and has stood for more than eight centuries. But in less than two hours, the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris was in ruins, its future uncertain, after a fire ripped through the iconic landmark. Since the 1990s, there has been on-and-off restoration culminating in the work underway now that officials have suggested may have led to the fire.
Those flames have claimed the historic spire of the cathedral and caused the medieval wooden roof to collapse. The insides of the historic landmark have also been destroyed by fire, leaving only a shell remaining along with the famous bell towers.